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Spirulina Power Green Smoothie

I’ve been playing around with my green smoothie recipe, wanting to use both chia seeds and spirulina powder as they have so many health benefits. The tricky part is coming up with a recipe that tastes good when spirulina powder is added. But after playing around a bit, I found one that is delicious and my kids think so too! This recipe makes about 24 oz which means it makes just enough for me for breakfast :).

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THE RECIPE:

Spirulina Power Green Smoothie
*makes 24 oz

10 oz cool water
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp spirulina powder
4 c power green mix (spinach, kale and chard)
5 baby carrots
1/2 lemon, peel cut off
1/2 apple, cored
1 frozen banana
1/2 c frozen blueberries

Pour water into high power blender and add chia seeds. Allow the chia seeds to soak for a few minutes, and in the meantime gather and prep your other ingredients. Add spirulina, greens and carrots and blend until combined, about 10 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on medium power, until smooth (I take my blendtec through two full cycles of blending to get it to the smooth consistency I like). Drink immediately.

*chia seeds get thick and gel-like when they sit in liquid, so if you don’t drink this all right away, store it in a jar in the fridge and before drinking, give it a shake.

-Why a “power” green smoothie

  • chia seeds are considered a super food, high in omega-3 fat, which is something most people don’t get in their typical diet unless they’re regularly eating fish or taking fish oil, also a good source of protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals
  • spirulina powder is an algae, fresh water plant, and is also a super food. It is full of minerals and vitamins and is a good source of protein
  • lemons are alkaline and are a cleansing food, also high in vitamin c and antioxidants
  • bananas are high in potassium and are especially a great food to consume before or after exercising. Good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber
  • blueberries are very high in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin c
  • spinach, kale and chard are high in fiber and they act as a broom in your body and sweep up and clear out heavy metals and toxins, also high in vitamin A and vitamin C

324 calories; 4 g fat, 70 g carbs, 10 g protein

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Almond Flax Protein Balls

We love protein bars and balls (I’ve posted recipes for both in the past), and I have a new one for you today which I’m super excited about because it is delicious! You guys, I hide these from my kids, they’re that good. I make them when they’re at school so they don’t even know, and then I put them in our fridge in the garage, behind something big :). I only make 16 at a time which will last me a couple of weeks, or at least a week! But with 5 kids snacking on them,  and begging for more, they wouldn’t last a day in our house. I suppose I could double the recipe….maybe someday I will, and then maybe I will share. Maybe.

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At the very end of this post I will have the macro numbers since my hubby and I are doing an 8 week macro counting challenge…which is hard but kinda fun, like playing a game, and since my husband and I are doing it together we can motivate one another. He’s raising his macros trying to gain a few pounds, and I’m doing the opposite. He’ll text me a couple of times a day with “i’m stuffed” or “I’m so full”, and I text back with some encouraging emoji like a thumbs up for “you got this!”, but inside i’m thinking, “I wish that were my problem, being too full.” Instead I’m mostly not ever full, but I’m not starving either. It’s all good and we only have 6 1/2 weeks to go! :). I’m hoping this whole process will teach me to be more aware of my foods and their caloric content and it’s a good reminder for me that I don’t need to be, nor should I be, snacking all throughout the day and that it’s okay to be hungry, probably good actually, because it means I’m allowing time for my food to digest fully, not overloading my system, and it makes me appreciate the flavor of foods more; everything tastes amazing these days!  Alright, enough of that, let’s get on with the recipe!

In a medium mixing bowl add almond butter, syrup, flax, protein powder and vanilla and stir together. Add almond flour and mix well.

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Place on an ungreased cookie sheet using a cookie scoop to measure. They can be very close together as they will not change in size. Cover with plastic and put in the fridge to chill for half hour or more. Feel free to then transfer them to a smaller tupperware container.

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You can store these in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

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Almond Flax Protein Balls- lightly adapted from Clean Simple Eats
*makes 16 balls; 1 ball is 1 serving

1/2 c almond butter
1/4 c pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp ground flax
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Sunwarrior’s vegan vanilla powder)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c raw almonds, ground to almond flour in high power blender (or 1 c almond flour)

In a medium mixing bowl add almond butter, syrup, flax, protein powder and vanilla and stir together. Add almond flour and mix well. Place on a cookie sheet using a cookie scoop to measure. Cover with plastic and put in the fridge to chill for half hour or more. Transfer them to a smaller tupperware container.Store in the fridge or freezer.

111 calories;  7.8 g fat, 6.7 g carbs, 4.1 g protein

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Pumpkin Coconut Breakfast Cookies

I hope you all had a nice Christmas; it is my absolute favorite holiday! I love the lights, the music, the food, I love acting out the nativity with our family and reading the Christmas story and one of my favorite things is having Scott around for several days in a row. This year we were so pleased that his parents were able to join us for Christmas from NC, and Scott was home for almost a week straight which was heaven on earth!

I am so excited to share this breakfast cookie recipe because I am loving them! It’s more of a quick, grab-and-g0 healthy snack or breakfast, rather than a dessert-type cookie. I freeze almost the entire batch and then eat one or two a day, straight out of the freezer; they don’t require any thawing time. If you don’t freeze them, just know that they are a softer cookie and I think after day two you’ll find they get even softer when stored in a tupperware so you’d probably want to freeze them after a couple of days. I waited a day before I froze mine. For those of you that care, each cookie is 100 calories when you make 36 cookies(I’m doing My Fitness Pal again for a short time which I don’t love, but because of all the yummy Christmas foods we still have around the house, I’ve been snacking way too often so this’ll help keep me in check). I found this recipe in this month’s  Runners World magazine, which was submitted by Elyse Kopecky and though her recipe only makes 20 cookies, I found when I used my cookie scoop, 36 was a more accurate amount. If you make them bigger, then obviously, the calorie count per cookie will be higher.

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Here are the ingredients:

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You can buy almond flour, or you can grind your own if you have a high power blender. I just straight up throw in whole, raw almonds and grind them for several seconds, mix it with a rubber spatula, grind for several more seconds, and it’s done!

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I added raisins and a handful of chopped walnuts but you can leave them plain or add some chocolate chips or whatever else you like.

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I mix all my ingredients together in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.

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 I baked these on my silicone mats. I love these baking mats because of ease of clean up and I love that I can slide the whole mat off the cookie sheet and onto a cooling rack with the cookies all in place and it only takes a second.

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Have them cool completely before storing them in a tupperware or in freezer ziploc bags.

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Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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THE RECIPE:

Pumpkin Coconut Breakfast Cookies
*Makes about 3 dozen

2 c almond flour (I make my own grinding a little less than 2 c, whole raw almonds in my Blendtec)
1 1/2 c rolled oats
1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt

1 c pumpkin puree
1/2 c pure maple syrup
1/2 c melted coconut oil
optional: 1/4 c raisins, chopped dates, walnuts or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl add your flour, oats, coconut, cinnamon and salt. In a small mixing bowl combine your pumpkin, syrup, and oil. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add in any optional raisins, nuts, chocolate chips etc and stir until incorporated. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out dough and place on cookie sheet baking for about 25 minutes, until golden(check after 20). Makes 3 dozen cookies.

You can eat these right away or store in a tupperware container for a couple of days. They are also great cold and I like to freeze most of mine and eat them straight out of the freezer (they don’t require any thawing time because they’re a softer cookies).

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Baked Hashbrowns

We love your typical breakfast foods like waffles, pancakes, eggs, hash browns etc, but most days we don’t have time to make an elaborate breakfast, so we stick to things we have one hand, or faster foods like granola, green smoothies, toast or oatmeal for the everyday. Sunday is generally the only day of the week that we actually have time and want to make a big breakfast, but that being said, this year we have church at 9am(it changes each year) and often times Scott has meetings before church so we’ve made it a weekly tradition to have breakfast for dinner on Sundays.

Home made, baked hash browns are one of the breakfast items we make frequently (feel free to search my ‘recipe’ tab for more of our favorite breakfast recipes). For our family of 7, we usually use 2-3 large russet potatoes which we peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes, sprinkle with oil and spices and cook for about half hour until they’re golden brown on the edges (I LOVE crispy hash browns! And you know they’re getting crispy when they’re browning on the edges..just watch it because you don’t’ want them burning). This many potatoes leaves us with zero leftovers, but that’s okay because we prefer hash browns fresh out of the oven so they’re nice and crisp.

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We cook our hash browns on silicone baking mats, but parchment papers works great too. By the way, right now Costco has a 3 pack of silicone mats (2 big, one small) for around $18. I bought one before I knew they had them at Costco, for $15! One! So I bought the one’s from Costco as well :), and now I have plenty.

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THE RECIPE:

Baked Hashbrowns
*Serves 6

2-3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2- 1 tsp sea salt (1/2 tsp if you prefer less salt in your foods)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 420 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. On the pan or in a large mixing bowl, drizzle the cubed potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with spices and mix together. Spread out over pan so they’re not overlapping, and bake for 20 minutes, pull out and stir, and put back in oven for another 5-10 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the pan. Serve warm.

 

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Vegan Mac and Cheese

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This recipe came from my baby sister Becca who is gluten free and vegan and who also has this recipe posted on her food blog, so be sure to check her out at: https://glutenfreeplantbasedgoodeats.wordpress.com/ 

Although I’m not vegan or gluten-free, I do a lot less dairy than most because my stomach can’t handle too much, and if you’ve ever read The China Study, which is the most comprehensive study ever done on nutrition, you’ll know that cutting down on all animal products is a good thing (and I didn’t say cutting out, but cutting down. Should be less than 10% of your diet). So I love that I can get the creaminess from this recipe from cashews and sweet potato and almond milk, all blended together, but then I use a little bit of cheddar cheese (only 1 cup), but you can always use the dairy-free cheese as well for the vegan version.

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You’ll want to start off by cooking your pasta elbows, gluten-free or not(I used whole wheat), and peeling and cooking your sweet potato in the microwave for 6 minutes. Or you can cook it in the oven at 400 degrees for almost an hour, but if you do it that way, don’t peel it before hand, just wait for it to cool and slip the skin off.  Once the pasta is done, drain the water, place them in a large mixing bowl, drizzle a little olive oil over top and give it a stir so they don’t stick together. Set that aside and you’ll combine the rest of your ingredients in a blender and blend until it’s smooth. If it’s too thick and your blender is having difficulty blending, just add a little more milk about 1/4 c at a time, giving it a stir and then blending again.

Once it’s all creamy, dump it over your macaroni noodles and stir to combine.

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Grease a 9×13 pan (I smear coconut oil over the whole inside of the pan) and then dump your mac and cheese inside and spread it even. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Serve warm!

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THE RECIPE:

Mac n’ Cheese (lightly adapted from Becca)

Ingredients:

1 lb of whole wheat or brown rice pasta elbow noodles (good price at Trader Joes)

1 sweet potato

1 cup grated cheddar cheese (can use dairy-free cheese like the Daiya brand- mozarella or cheddar)

3 cups of raw cashews

16 oz. almond milk (more if needed to thin so it will blend)

1/2 cup of nutritional yeast(Fred Meyer, Whole Foods or Winco)

1 teaspoon of dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sea salt

pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic, minced
optional: 1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:

 Cook noodles according to directions on package. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potato and cook in the microwave for 6 minutes (or in the oven, unpeeled, at 400 degrees for 1 hour; can do this before hand). Drain noodles, dump back into your pot, drizzle with a little olive oil and mix so they don’t stick together. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

 In a blendtec or food processor, add almond milk first and then all the other ingredients and mix until a creamy consistency. If you need to add more milk so your blender won’t burn out from the thickness, add 1/4 cup at a time. Pour over your noodles in the pot and stir to combine.

 Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan with coconut oil, or something like it. Add stirred mac n’ cheese into the 9×13 pan and place in the oven. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

We moved last week and so things have been crazy busy around here! We didn’t have internet for several days and even my iphone internet was spotty with the cellular data, which is why there was no post last week. But I think we are getting back into the swing of things around here now that we are mostly unpacked…I’m actually a crazy person and unpack and organize everything within the first couple of days, but there are a couple of boxes in the garage I need my hubby to go through and decide where he wants to put things. Anyhow, I haven’t done much cooking over the past month besides the quick and basic essentials: daily green smoothie, crock pot black beans, quinoa, spaghetti and yeah that’s about it :). Tomorrow I intend to make my granola that we always like to have on hand and hopefully I’ll get some real cooking and experimenting time in over the next couple of weeks.

This is a dessert recipe I’ve had for awhile and which we’ve made several times. They are a healthy version of a peanut butter rice crispy treat, which are kinda like my no-bake peanut butter rice crispy bars, but there are a few small differences like less peanut butter, no oats, and different natural sweeteners. Give them a try, they are delicious! And they’d be great to serve to friends at a gathering or to sell at a bake sale.

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I find this cereal at health food stores like Sprouts or Whole Foods. There are a couple of different brands that work well, just make sure it’s the ‘brown rice crisp’ cereal and not the ‘puffed brown rice’.

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THE RECIPE:

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats (vegan, gf)
*makes 1, 9×13 pan, about 12 squares

1 box brown rice crisp cereal
1 c honey (or can use brown rice syrup in place of honey and maple syrup)
1/2 c pure maple syrup
1/8 tsp sea salt
3/4 c natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/4 c carob or chocolate chips

Pour rice cereal into a large bowl. Heat the honey and syrup, with a pinch of sea salt in a saucepan over low heat. Add the peanut butter and stir until well combined. Pour over the rice cereal. Mix well with wooden spoon. Once cooled to room temperature, stir in chocolate chips. Make sure it’s cool or the chips will melt. Turn the mixture onto a 9×13 baking dish. Wet your wooden spoon lightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan, or lightly wet hands and press into pan. Let chill for an hour in fridge before cutting into squares and eating (if possible :)).

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Almond Butter and Apple Rice Cakes

My kids are on week 2 of summer break and we are loving all of our free, non-scheduled time. We have a couple of things still going, like piano is year-round for our 4 oldest kids, and our ten year old son is doing flag football, plus we have a couple vacations planned, family visiting, cub scout camp, girls camp, swimming lessons later in the summer and our move (just locally, but still, a move is a move and it’s a big deal when you’re packing up and moving 7 human beings). After writing that out, it doesn’t sound very unscheduled anymore but it still feels better when you don’t have school on weekdays. We are currently visiting Bryce and Grand Canyon, doing some hiking and camping in a tipi :). Aren’t I good for posting this while I’m on vacation?! No, I don’t bring my computer on vacations, I actually wrote this post last week and scheduled it to post today, which is something I do when we have a lot going on, which seems like always :). Anyway, let’s get onto our recipe for the day which is a super fast, simple and nutritious snack food that I love and eat regularly.

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Plain rice cakes, the ones where the only ingredient listed is, ‘whole grain brown rice’, are one of those foods that I always have on hand. You can buy a pack for $2-$3 and it comes with 14 cakes which is pretty inexpensive.

I like to cover my rice cake with a tablespoon of almond butter (my kids use peanut butter) and then top it with either some carob chips or very thin apple slices, which is something my little sister recently taught me(and I’ve heard banana slices are good too). I love the salty/sweet combination along with the crunchy rice cake. I often have this for a late afternoon snack, or in the morning if I’m going for a long run (more than 6 miles…otherwise I just drink water and make my green smoothie when I get home). I’ve even started making my own almond butter since I got my new Blendtec Twister jar, and it’s super easy and fast. It literally take less than 1 minute to make your own nut butter and that time includes getting the nuts out and grinding them up. But I’ll save that recipe for another post :). I hope you enjoy this fast, simple, and tasty snack!

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THE RECIPE:

Almond Butter and Apple Rice Cakes
*serves 1

1 brown rice cake
1 Tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
4 thin apple slices

Spread 1 Tbsp almond butter on a rice cake and top with 4, thin apple slices. Enjoy!

*this is a great snack or pre/post -workout food; I eat this before a long run

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Healthy Candy Bars

My sister and her family are traveling from Idaho to stay with us this weekend which we’re all very excited about! In anticipation for their stay, we made these super yummy, gluten-free and vegan candy bars that are sweetened with pure maple syrup and dates. They truly are amazing! And you store them in the freezer which means they are cold and so the perfect summer treat!

2016-06-07 10.12.16I found this recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook book and made a couple of small changes. She has you store them in the fridge, but my kids will only eat them if they’re straight out of the freezer (otherwise the bottom is too soft and they don’t like that consistency when combined with the harder chocolate/carob shell on top). The one down side to these bars is that you can’t throw this together in half hour. You have to allow it time to chill. I either make them in the morning or early afternoon so that they’re ready for dinner, or I’ll put them together in the evening and let them sit in the freezer overnight to have another day. And because they’re a frozen treat, you can enjoy them for a long time…if you can stand the temptation of them sitting in your freezer, just waiting to be eaten, that is :).

In your food processor, grind the raw cashews to a very fine meal. Add the dates and process together. Add almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, shredded coconut(or in my case, I used all shredded coconut and no flour…kinda turns into a flour as you mix anyway), and extract and pulse until it is a sticky ball of dough. Line a 9×13 dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the paper. You can put a little oil or water on your hands to keep it from sticking too much. Stick it in your fridge.

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While it’s chilling, combine the chocolate or carob chips and coconut oil in a stainless steel or glass bowl and set over a pot of simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bowl…I just did this in my veggie steaming pan with a glass dish sitting on the steamer).

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Stir the mixture until it’s just melted, remove the bowl from the heat and pour the chocolate mixture over the cold cashew mixture.

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Return to fridge and let it cool until the chocolate coating is set, about 1/2 hour. Cut into rectangles and then using the parchment paper, lift the bars out of the sheet pan.

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Put in airtight container, separated by sheets of parchment paper if stacking, and freeze overnight (or for at least 3 hours).

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THE RECIPE:

Healthy Candy Bars –  Vegan and Gluten-Free; lightly adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s, ‘Candy Bars!’ recipe
*makes about 20 bars

1 1/2 c raw cashews
1 1/2 c dates, pitted 12 dates
1/2 c almond butter
1/2 c pure maple syrup
1/2 c coconut flour (I just ground my dried coconut in blender…so really I just did 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes)
1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp almond (or vanilla) extract

1 1/2 c dark chocolate chips or carob chips
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil

Grind the cashews to a very fine meal in a food processor. Add the dates and process together. Add almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, shredded coconut, and extract and pulse until it is a sticky ball of dough. Line a 9×13 dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the paper. You can put a little oil or water on your hands to keep it from sticking too much. Put in the refrigerator.While that’s chilling, combine the chocolate or carob chips and coconut oil in a stainless steel or glass bowl and set over a pot of simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bowl). Stir the mixture until it’s just melted, remove the bowl from the heat and pour the chocolate mixture over the cold cashew mixture. Return to fridge and let it cool until the chocolate coating is set, about 1/2 hour. Cut into rectangles and then using the parchment paper, lift the bars out of the sheet pan. Put in airtight container, separated by sheets of parchment paper if stacking, and freeze overnight (or for at least 3 hours).

*These bars need to set up in the freezer for at least 3 hours, so plan ahead.

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Creamy Potato Soup- Vegan, GF

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Last month we visited my sister and her family in Idaho, and while there she made us this super yummy creamy potato soup, which is vegan and gluten-free. My kids begged me to get the recipe so I did and we’ve made it a couple of times since :). You get the creaminess from the raw cashews. Enjoy!

Creamy Potato Soup-Vegan, GF
*serves 6

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped celery

2 clove garlic (minced)

2 tbsp garlic powder

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

4 cups cubed potatoes (peeled and chopped in 1/2 in thick pieces; I used Russet)

9 cups warm water (divided, see instructions below.)

1 1/2 cup yellow corn kernels (I used frozen)

1 cup raw cashews

2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon onion powder

2 tablespoon  parsley flakes

2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (not necessary, I just like it in there)

In a large pot, cook/saute your onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil for just a couple minutes, until your onions are softened. Add your potatoes to the pot along with 7 1/2 cups of water. Allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes (or more, if you’ve cut your potatoes bigger than 1/2 inch cubes) or until potatoes are fork tender. Once potatoes are tender, or nearly so, add your corn. In a high-power blender (I use Blendtec), place 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cup raw cashews, salt, onion powder, parsley and nutritional yeast. Blend on high until the mixture is nice and smooth. Add blended cashew mixture to your pot and stir until everything is well-incorporated. You can eat the soup as is, or you can blend a few cups of the soup and pour it back in(or use your immersion blender), to make it a little more smooth and creamy(which my kids prefer).  Serve soup hot with your favorite crackers or rolls. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up 3- 5 days and reheated.

*This recipe can be doubled
*freezing does not work so well with this recipe. The liquid tends to separate and it makes for an unusual consistency.

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Vegetarian Sushi

When I was a child, I was always turned off by the word “sushi” probably because I associated it with fish and foreign foods. I still don’t like fish, but I’ve had some very yummy, vegetarian sushi’s since then, and this is a recipe, that I love. It has a homemade sauce in it that is delicious! This is a beautiful appetizer, filled with healthy fats and other amazing veggies and grains, that would be great served at a social gathering, or just at home with your family.

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Start off by making a sauce. Whisk together the syrup, mustard, onions and liquid aminos. Set the sauce aside.

Place the shiner side of a nori sheet(seaweed sheet found at health food stores on Asian aisle) on counter top or cutting board(shinier side just makes it look prettier, but doesn’t change flavor). With a spoon, spread 1/3 c quinoa over about half of the nori sheet. Leave 1 inch free of quinoa at top and bottom of Nori sheet. Push down  with the back of a spoon to compact quinoa. Spoon  a quarter of reserved sauce evenly over the quinoa. Arrange 1/4 of carrots, peppers, cucumbers and avocado near (and parallel to) the bottom edge of the nori sheet, which is the end closest to you.

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Roll the nori up tightly and seal the top edge with a little bit of water. Set the finished roll on a large plate and repeat process with the remaining nori sheet.

If you’re just making this for yourself, as I did for lunch the other day, you can just eat it like this (think of a rolled up sushi burrito) and skip the cutting stage:

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Using a very sharp knife(I used my butcher knife), cut each roll into 6 pieces. Can try wetting knife a bit if you’re having some issues cutting.

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THE RECIPE:

Quinoa and Veggie Sushi (lightly adapted from Kimberly Snyder)
*makes 4 rolls or about 24 individual pieces

Secret Sauce:
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp minced red onions
2 tsp braggs liquid aminos (soy sauce)
4 Nori sheets (seaweed sheet found at health food stores on Asian aisle)
1 1/2 c cooked quinoa
1/3 c julienned  bell peppers (any color)
1/3 c julienned carrots
1 medium ripe avocado, cut into thin slices
optional: 1/3 c julienned cucumbers

Make a sauce by whisking together the syrup, mustard, onions and liquid aminos. Set sauce aside. Place the shiner side of a nori sheet on counter top or cutting board(shinier side just makes it look prettier, but doesn’t change flavor). With a spoon, spread 1/3 c quinoa over about half of the nori sheet. Leave 1 inch free of quinoa at top and bottom of Nori sheet. Push down firmly with the back of a spoon to compact quinoa. Spoon  a quarter of reserved sauce evenly over the quinoa. Arrange 1/4 of carrots, peppers, cucumbers and avocado near (and parallel to) the bottom edge of the nori sheet, which is the end closest to you. Roll the nori up tightly and seal the top edge with a little bit of water. Set the finished roll on a large plate and repeat process with the remaining nori sheet. Using a very sharp knife(I had the most success with my butcher knife), cut each roll into 6 pieces. Can try wetting knife a bit if you’re having some issues cutting. Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge until ready to serve (within a day or two).

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